2015 Holiday Shipping Dates to Know

8 Oct

Are you ready for the Holiday shipping season? It will be here sooner than you think.

Last year’s information shows that while over 50 percent of holiday purchases are made Holiday Shippingearly, many consumers continue to purchase and ship holiday gifts right up until the last moment. If you ship products to your customers, or are in the fulfillment business where you ship to your customers’ customers, here are some dates you need to know.

FedEx Shipping Deadline Within the U.S.

  • Dec. 12: Last day to ship via FedEx SmartPost
  • Dec. 17: Last day to ship via FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Ground
  • Dec. 20: Last day to ship via FedEx Express Saver
  • Dec. 22: Last day to ship via FedEx 2Day and FedEx 2Day A.M.
  • Dec. 23: Last day to ship via FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, and FedEx First Overnight
  • Dec. 25: Last day to ship via FedEx SameDay

Shipping deadlines for packages headed to Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and other international destinations vary. See FedEx’s Last Days to Ship site for more information.

UPS Shipping Deadlines Within the U.S.

  • Dec. 22: Last day to ship via UPS 2nd Day Air
  • Dec. 23: Last day to ship via UPS Next Day Air

For international shipping deadlines and other holiday-related information, click here.

U.S. Postal Service Deadlines Within the U.S.

  • Dec. 15: Last day to send packages via standard parcel post
  • Dec. 20: Last day to send packages via First Class Mail & Priority Mail
  • Dec. 23: Last day to send packages via Priority Express Mail

The deadline for shipping packages internationally varies based on the destination. In some cases, the deadlines are as soon as Dec. 2.

Don’t take a chance on disappointing your customers. Let them know now about critical shipping dates. Keep in mind, too, that those people in the part of the country lucky enough to experience winter in the form of snow and ice should build extra days into shipping schedules. Winter storms can create havoc with even the most dedicated of shippers.

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